Does someone know what this ear stud shows?

Because of the Yin/Yang symbol it should be chinese - so no Yōkai.

Could it be a Yaoguai? A Huli jing?

I have absolutely no idea but I just want to know it so badly!

EDIT: I've heard another idea: Could this be Sun Wukong?


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    Well, can't say I'm really certain, but just to throw it out there: It looks like a tiger to me. Do we have any particular reason to conclude it isn't a tiger?
    – femtoRgon
    Apr 19, 2016 at 22:54
  • It could be a tiger, for sure, but it has a symbol on the forehead, so I think it is something mythological. A mythological tiger quasi ^^ But it could also be a fox I think... Apr 20, 2016 at 0:08
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    This is the "face" of Shu Han general Jiang Wei, 202-264. The use of a Taiji is inspired by a semi-mythological military formation based on that Zhuge Liang supposedly taught Jiang. @femtoRgon It's not a tiger. It is a recognisable makeup pattern in Peking Operas.
    – Semaphore
    Apr 27, 2016 at 9:49
  • @Semaphore - As I said, just throwing what it looked like to me out there. Any reason you didn't want to post that as an answer? Seems a pretty good answer to me..
    – femtoRgon
    Apr 27, 2016 at 16:20
  • @femtoRgon Sorry, not meaning to criticise your comment; it was intended as an answer for why this isn't a tiger. Not posting as an answer because I can't furnish it with links to theoi / whatever meets the arbitrary standard for "reputable source", or translations, or whatever new requirement people keep coming up with.
    – Semaphore
    Apr 27, 2016 at 18:38


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